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What They’re Saying: live arts in Brooklyn this week, July 9

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July 9, 2024 Evan Rosen
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The Second City Presents: A Fully Improvised Extravaganza

Comedy, Improv

64 N 9th St., Williamsburg

Monday, July 15 @ 7:30 p.m.

“The Second City Presents” is a completely improvised show, with each performance featuring a cast of top-notch improv stars and one special celebrity guest. Monday’s show will feature Padma Lakshmi, an Indian-American author, model, activist and television host.

The Second City is a historic improv theater that launched the careers of Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Tina Fey and others. The theater recently opened its first-ever NYC location in Williamsburg in Feb. 2024.

“Need a laugh? The Second City — the renowned comedy club with locations in Chicago and Toronto — just opened in Brooklyn, and you will definitely laugh out loud there. The New York City venue, which opened on the legendary club’s 65th anniversary, offers hilarious live comedy every single night of the week.” — Rossilynne Skena Culgan, Time Out

“The founders of Second City, the storied comedy theater, took its name from essays by The New Yorker writer A.J. Liebling, who skewered Chicago as inferior to his hometown. Now, more than 60 years later, Second City has found a home in New York.” — Julia Jacobs, The New York Times

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Waterfront Workouts: Amp’d Bootcamp with Chelsea Piers Fitness

Yoga, Wellness

Pier 2 Sports Turf at Brooklyn Bridge Park (behind the basketball courts)

Every Wednesday @ 6 p.m.

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Hit the turf and challenge your body in this invigorating class that combines bodyweight strength and cardio, pushing your energy systems and motor control to new limits. 

Led by Chelsea Piers Fitness, this free class welcomes all levels and takes place at the Pier 2 Sports Turf at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The class is available weekly on Wednesdays from May 1 to Sept. 25, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Join Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for free outdoor Waterfront Workouts led by top-notch fitness instructors all summer long! Zumba with Dodge YMCA on Monday evenings, Sunset Yoga with Abhaya Yoga on Tuesday evenings, Amp’d with Chelsea Piers Fitness on Wednesday evenings, as well as Pilates with Dodge YMCA and rotating series.” — NYC Parks

“Opening in phases since 2010, Brooklyn Bridge Park was officially completed in 2021. In between, it endured a superstorm event, lawsuits over adjacent real estate development, and a global pandemic. Now the 1.3-mile-long (2.1 kilometers) waterfront park has settled in as both an essential escape from city life and an urban destination, drawing an estimated 5 million people annually — well above early expectations.” — Mark Byrnes, Bloomberg

Movies with a View: Past Lives

Film, Community

Pier 1, Harbor View Lawn at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Thursday, July 11 @ 5 p.m.

Movies with a View, presented by Pluto TV, is back for its 24th season and will run Thursdays from July 11 to Aug. 28. This week showcases “Past Lives” (2023), an Oscar-nominated love story, directed by Celine Song and starring Greta Lee, Teo Yoo and John Magaro.

The lawn opens at 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis, and the movie begins at sunset. All movies are free to attend and guests are encouraged to bring picnic blankets or purchase one on site.

“’As one of our most popular programs, Movies with A View has become an iconic and beloved summer to-do,’ shared Nancy Webster, executive director of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. ‘There’s nothing else quite like it, and it’s such a special experience for all to enjoy a gorgeous summer sunset and free outdoor film on the waterfront.’” — ILoveNY

“Brooklyn Bridge Park has one of the best views in the entire city, making it the perfect place for some outdoor movie nights! Enjoy a glittering view of Manhattan and a weekly movie every Thursday night during July and August. The park will offer family-friendly movies on five nights starting on July 18 with “Past Lives.” The summer’s lineup also includes “Pulp Fiction,” “Mean Girls” and Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.’” — Kirstyn Brendlen, Brooklyn Paper

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Drenched Stand Up Comedy @ The Water Tower

Comedy, Stand-up

The Water Tower Bar, Arlo Williamsburg, 96 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg

Wednesdays @ 7:00 p.m. 

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The Water Tower Bar at Arlo Williamsburg is hosting a comedy event series titled “DRENCHED!” on Wednesdays through July. Esteemed hosts Caroline Baniewicz of Barstool Sports, Nina Barnett of Buy Me Dinner First and Jenny Gorelick of Comedy Central will present some of New York City’s finest comedic talent. 

Tickets are priced at $13 per person and this week’s guests include Brendan Scannell, Tyler Bessinger, Brian Parise and Rell Battle.

“Two sisters, Caroline and Meg Baniewicz, recently went viral on Twitter with a video clip of them parodying alpha male finance podcasters and it’s hilarious.” – Komal Banchhor, Upworthy

When Arlo Williamsburg opened last year in the space formerly occupied by The Williamsburg Hotel, it didn’t waste time becoming a neighborhood fixture, and in the warmer months, hotel guests and locals alike flock to the Water Tower Bar. DJs encourage dancing and mingling, while dramatic views of Manhattan mesmerize patrons sipping Arlo’s espresso martini … or a non-alcoholic beverage called Match Me.” – Stacey Lastoe, Brooklyn Magazine

Green-Wood After Hours

Community, History, Outdoors

Green-Wood Cemetery, Main Entrance, 500 25th St., Greenwood Heights

Friday, July 12th, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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Explore Green-Wood’s historic grounds long after its gates close to the public after sunset. Wander through the cemetery’s stunning landscape and visit the graves of notable figures from New York and American history. 

This unforgettable walking tour concludes with a visit to the Catacombs, typically closed to the public. Tickets are available at $25 for members and $30 for the general public.

“Brooklyn’s sprawling Green-Wood Cemetery, which lists Boss Tweed and Jean-Michel Basquiat as permanent residents, has been named New York’s most underrated landmark by travel company Viator.” – Adam Daly, Brooklyn Paper

“Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood Cemetery was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. By the early 1860s, it was attracting 500,000 visitors a year, second only to Niagara Falls as the nation’s greatest tourist attraction.” WNYC

Haza Summer Jam @ Elsewhere

Music, Hip-Hop

Elsewhere Rooftop, 599 Johnson Ave, East Williamsburg

Saturday, July 13, 4-10 p.m., other concerts on select dates

Elsewhere, a music venue focused on promoting inclusivity, joy and creativity, is hosting Haza Summer Jam, featuring Carmen Sandiego, Myyuh, Pekodjinn and MULAH.

Elsewhere’s Rooftop is a spacious seasonal outdoor bar and events space featuring sunset happy hours, a signature frozen drink menu, live shows and parties, food pop-ups and film screenings.

“If you want to party on a rooftop while you drink out of a small plastic cup and watch the sunset in Bushwick, Elsewhere is where you need to be. This is a big music venue in a warehouse with a few separate spaces, including a large rooftop where you can hang out and dance. We suggest you stop by at least once this summer if you don’t want to be full of regret once the weather gets cold again.” – The Infatuation

The 24,000-square-foot venue features five rooms, including a rooftop terrace that boasts sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, making it perfect for watching the sunset on summer nights. The music hotspot is also known to bring in everyone from ravers to rockstars, vinyl nerds, punks, rappers, metalheads, folk singers, old-school house audiophiles, baile funk fans, hyperpop producers and more.” – Lisa Kocay, Forbes

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